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Grammer Engineer ‘Spellbound’ by NEXO GEO S12

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Known for his vibrant pop/rock/soul mix and free-flowing vocal delivery, Andy Grammer is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician who reached the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio with his first two singles, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me”.

Nearing the close of his 2012 tour, Grammer recently performed at North Central Illinois College in its 825-seat Wentz Concert Hall. Sound Works Productions (Frankfort, Ill.) provided a NEXO GEO S12 system, ground stacked on the stage with the sound company’s custom carts. The house rig consisted of ten GEO S1210s, four RS18 Ray Subs, four PS10s and three 4×4 NXAMPs. For monitors, the company provided three RS18s for sidefills/drum subs, two 4×4 NXAMPs, and a Yamaha M7CL digital console.

“Anytime I’m remotely close to Chicago and need production elements, I want Sound Works there with the GEO S12,” states Kevin Flasza, Grammer’s front of house engineer. “Andy puts on a very dynamic show, and the NEXO rig remains transparent through our entire set and easily allows me to reproduce the delicate details I need to highlight at times. What more can I ask for? The GEO S12 reigns supreme when it comes to that size format.”

For more information the Sound Works Productions, visit www.soundworkspro.com.

For more information the NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

LECTROSONICS DEPLOYED AT WOMEN’S HOSPITAL

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Baton Rouge, LA – December 2012… Specializing in the care of women and infants, Women’s Hospital is the premiere facility of its kind in the greater Baton Rouge area. With the recent completion of a new conference facility, the hospital now has state-of-the-art capability for handling presentations, training sessions, and related business. Audio and video provisions are crucial to a facility of this nature and, to ensure trouble-free sound, an ASPEN Series Digital Audio Processor from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics was incorporated into the conference center’s AV equipment arsenal. more

USAV Names Almo Professional A/V Preferred Manufacturer Partner

USAV Names Almo Professional A/V Preferred Manufacturer Partner

Philadelphia, PA — December 17, 2012 — USAV, an association of leading professional audiovisual integrators, announced today that it has named Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, the newest USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner, effective January 1, 2013. As such, USAV’s national alliance of members now have access to Almo Pro A/V’s professional product lines, highly skilled sales team and business development managers, distribution centers, and education programs.

“We highly value the relationships we have with our suppliers and don’t take the addition of new partners lightly,” said USAV Founder and CFO Chris Whitley, “Almo is a strong player in the Pro A/V market and the company nicely complements the USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner lineup. We are excited for this new program and are confident it will be advantageous to everyone involved.”
“We have always valued our partnership with Almo Professional A/V,” said Timothy Hennen, IVCi senior vice president of AV Integrated Services and USAV member. “From day one Almo has connected with us on a personal level, providing IVCi with no-hassle access to several top professional AV product lines. Having Almo on board as a USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner is certain to bring great benefit to all USAV’s integrators.”
According to Sam Taylor, EVP/COO for Almo Professional A/V, “The USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner program is made up of a selective group of suppliers that can best serve the growth needs and interests of USAV’s elite integrator community and it is a privilege to now be among this leadership. We are confident that our product offering and access, brand-specific business development managers, CTS certified sales team and multitude of marketing and education programs will provide valuable business opportunities for USAV members.”
USAV will have access to the entire Almo Pro A/V line card of 30 strategic manufacturers including some lines exclusive to Almo in the program including ComQi, Key Digital, NanoLumens, Panasonic Displays, Panasonic Projectors, Panasonic Broadcast, QSC, SunbriteTV, ZeeVee and the consumer product lines for Panasonic, Samsung and Sharp.
USAV supports ProAV dealers with two levels of membership. The USAV buying group provides preferred pricing and cash rebates for members buying product from USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partners. The integration services group provides the same purchasing power, and also gives members the opportunity to participate in meetings where executives from USAV integration companies collaborate on business strategy, best practices, and market dominance.
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About USAV USAV is the definitive alliance of ProAV integrators delivering ProAV solutions across the United States. The company, headquartered in Denver, has dealers throughout the country. Each dealer is dedicated to designing, sourcing, implementing, and supporting commercial ProAV projects. Founded in 2001, USAV Group has attracted leading dealers and manufactures in forming the nation’s premier ProAV team. For more information, visit www.USAVGroup.net.

About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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Milne Stadium Keeps it Contained with Community R-Series

Albuquerque, NM – December 2012….. For nearly 60 years Milne Stadium has been home to generations of Albuquerque’s local sporting events. Recently the 6500-seat arena received a wide-ranging makeover, including a new playing surface, new paint and stucco, and a new audio system featuring Community R-Series loudspeakers.

As Sound and Signal Systems’ William Hartley explains, the stadium’s previous sound system had been problematic for some time. “A few years ago they installed a new scoreboard behind the end zone, complete with a long-throw, single-point line array system. A lot of sound was reflecting off the concrete and glass press box. The problem is, the stadium is surrounded on three sides by the city and the freeway, but the side opposite the press box faces a residential area.”

One of two municipal stadiums serving the Albuquerque School District and surrounding community, the park is busy throughout most of the year. “Sometimes they’ve got two or even three events in a single day,” says Hartley. “So they were getting a lot of noise complaints. It got to the point where they had to turn the system down so low it could barely be heard in the park. It was a compromise that served no one.”

It eventually became a safety issue as well when stadium officials tried to evacuate fans during a lightning storm. “A lot of people couldn’t hear the announcement,” says Hartley. “That’s when the city approached us to find a solution.”

Hartley continues, “We decided to put the speakers on the press box, closer to the audience, and direct the sound down toward the seats and the field.” A pair of R.5-94Z loudspeakers and an R.5SUB subwoofer are mounted on either side of the press box, covering the main seating area and the field. A single R2 long-throw loudspeaker covers the smaller visitor side bleachers. “We took an R2 with a 50 by 20 coverage pattern and flipped it on its side to give us 20 degrees of horizontal coverage and 50 degrees of vertical. We angled it down the field so it’s hitting just the top of the bleachers and none of the houses behind it.” Another R.5SUB augments the R2′s coverage area.

“They’ve got a separate volume control for the R2,” adds Harley. “So they can turn it down if they’ve got a small crowd and don’t need coverage to those seats.” The system is powered by a Bose Power Match amplifier, with a Bose Control Space DSP unit handling system processing.

Hartley says the new sound system has virtually eliminated the neighbors’ noise complaints, while offering a dramatic improvement inside the stadium. “They just love it. They can play music and they can hear the announcements without bothering the neighbors. They’re able to run the system at 100 or 110 dB and you can’t hear it outside the stadium. It’s a really, really full sounding system.”

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Community Professional Loudspeakers is a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio equipment.  Since 1968, Community has led the pro-audio industry with technological innovations which have become industry standards. Today, Community offers over 150 professional loudspeaker products, including installed loudspeaker systems, weather-resistant outdoor loudspeaker systems, ceiling loudspeakers, high level voice paging systems, and portable entertainment systems.  Visit www.communitypro.com for more information. 

 

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New Renkus-Heinz Distributor for France Announced

Bernay-Vilbert, France – December 2012… Renkus-Heinz is delighted to announce the appointment of a new distributor for France, signing an agreement with leading French distribution company SoundCo to handle the distribution of Renkus-Heinz products for the French market. They will also cover the North Africa countries Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, on a non-exclusive basis.

With offices in the Paris suburb and a sales agent team, SoundCo offers its customers support throughout the country.

The company works in all of the entertainment technology sectors including the live sound / PA rental market, the MI market (including both online and retail outlets), installation and system integration companies and the broadcast industry, and more besides.

Another string to the company’s bow is the direct import and distribution of pro audio products. SoundCo is the exclusive distributor for France for Lewitt Microphones GmbH, ESI Audio GmbH, M Pro Audio, Violet Audio and DVK Technologies.

Its customers include rental and service providers in the performing arts, corporate and events sectors; integrators and installers; recording studios; broadcast; distributors (direct sales stores and online) and specifiers and end users including engineers and sound technicians, set designers and stage managers.

SoundCo’s key people are Martin Broucqsault, who holds a postgraduate degree in Marketing Management from top business school ESDES Lyon, and a former sales agent for SCV Audio (Harman Pro French distributor) and EVI Audio, dealing with Electro-Voice, Dynacord, Midas and Klark-Teknik. He has strong experience with PA and rental companies and his combined skills provide marketing and sales strategies for the different markets of the pro audio business.

Jérôme Hardy holds a graduate degree in Electronics Applications. A former sales agent for CINECO, the French distributor for Shure, APEX, Symetrix, Celestion and QSC, and SCV Audio, French distributor for the Harman Pro Group with brands JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, AKG, BSS, DBX and Native Instruments, Merging, NTI and more, and was product manager for Audio-Technica.

Håkan Sjöö, Renkus-Heinz European Sales Manager, commented: “We are really delighted to have secured the services of SoundCo. We believe their deep knowledge of the French market, their enthusiasm and their broad customer base will strengthen the Renkus-Heinz brand in the country and enable us to grow into new markets.”

(Photo: Jérôme Hardy and Martin Broucqsault of SoundCo (left) with Ralph Heinz and Håkan Sjoo of Renkus-Heinz) – click for hi-res image

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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